Wednesday 20 September 2017

How to throw a hen do in Barcelona

WOW the blog is in full travel mode but this one is slightly moving over to my new blog section launching soon about WEDDINGS – if you don’t follow me on social media the first question is why not?! And please follow me on Instagram and twitter but secondly is you might know that I am engaged and am in up to my eyeballs in ‘WEDMIN’ as all the cool kids say. 
How to throw a hen do in Barcelona
I have already had a tiny melt down but this hen do to Barcelona came at the perfect time and as it was planned down to a T – not by me! I thought I would share how to throw a hen do in Barcelona which would hopefully share some good tips on how to throw a fabulous hen do. 

1.     Book your flight early: I flew with Norwegian which is always a fave as a budget airliner as they have so many added extras, this time I had the extra leg room…yes please! They fly from London Gatwick to Barcelona all year round for as little as £34.90 one way and usually you get free WI-FI as if I didn’t google the words ‘Any new Love Island news’ or 'Teen Mom' enough. Why not BOOK NOW.

2.     Download all songs with the word Barcelona in them: You have Ed Sheeran, “Barcelona” and  "Barcelona" by D.Kay & Epsilon “Sometimes I feel Like I am in Barcelona...”  these tunes were on repeat for the entire weekend.

3.     Hop over to Airbnb: and snap up a roof top beauty with a pool and a Jacuzzi, because why not?  You can host all your besties with views to die for.

4.     Pack light but well: when all you really want to drag around a city is a small and light travel bag the new Kipling Super Hybrid 1 being on 4 wheels its easy to take anywhere and looks super chic with grey soft fabric. The key items I packed was:

-       Gucci Sunglasses
-       2 x Zara dresses
-       Primark heels
-       New Look, Bae swimsuit
-       Havaianas Flip Flops
-       Wedding magazines (although I didn’t get a chance to read them!)
-       Boohoo denim shorts
weekend holiday packing
5.     Invite the Mummies: Hen do’s are not just for your gal pals, Mums are great to have at your side at a hen do apart from being pretty crazy themselves they get stuck in with the cleaning at 8am while you are in still in bed and sort out the BBQ on the first day!

6.     Sports day: Utilise the beach it is only a stop or two on the metro (taxis are a nightmare FYI) so take your besties armed with a number of blow up items such as Limbo stick, footballs, sacks for sack racing of course. Be prepared to have most people on the beach try to get involved and film you from every angle - felt like a super star! A must is to get everyone in your party singing Spanish songs I think that is what drew the majority of attention. 

7.     Wine tasting: At the apartment we had a local wine taster come and tell us all about local wines and drank a fair bit comparing two whites, two reds and two fizz using all five senses. 
wine tasting
8.     Tapas street: Head to Blai, an amazing street lined with tapas bars you can nip in and out of them. You literally take the food from the bar - you just pay for your sticks at the end. They also do some snazzy cocktails too.

9.     Eyescream: Eyescream & Friends this was a recommendation I had before I left. As soon as someone mentioned ice cream with eyes I had to go and check out this instagramable location. This is shaved ice cream and you get to pick two toppings, white chocolate and jelly bears of course! 
How to throw a hen do in Barcelona
10.  The W Barcelona: this hotel looks a dream with an infinity pool. Now I wasn't staying here but they did have a pretty snazzy bar on the beach called Salt Beach Club which you could either stare up at the residents at the W or at the beach while sipping a fancy cocktail or a bottle of Cava. It had a very Marbella / Ibiza feel.
How to throw a hen do in Barcelona

11.  Sausage and Cava Bar: Can Paixano (La Xampanyeria) is the perfect pit stop before you head home. I am going to warn you it is small and popular so you have to squeeze through but with affordable fizz in an authentic location, who could say no?

How to throw a hen do in Barcelona
How to throw a hen do in Barcelona
How to throw a hen do in Barcelona
How to throw a hen do in Barcelona
How to throw a hen do in Barcelona
How to throw a hen do in Barcelona

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